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‘Tired’ Olbermann, Matthews left pregnant reporter to anchor until 2 a.m.

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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11:56 AM 03/08/2013

Jeff Poor

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell sat down with the Huffington Post’s Rebecca Shapiro Thursday to talk about her “60 Minutes” interview with Facebook executive COO Sheryl Sandberg.

O’Donnell’s interview centers around Sandberg’s view of feminism in 2013 as she promotes her new book “Lean In.”

In the conversation with HuffPost, O’Donnell revealed some of her own thoughts on women and some of the difficulties she has faced as a television reporter.

“I still think we’re waiting for a women president of a news organization, so there’s a glass ceiling there. And I think there can be more parity in terms of women in executive positions, whether that’s in management or in production,” O’Donnell told Shapiro.

She also shared an anecdote about two of her former MSNBC colleagues, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews and former “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann.

Work-life balance is a topic O’Donnell knows very well. She spoke candidly about feeling “embarrassed” that she had another child 13 months after having twins. She said she worried about being the “pregnant lady at work” and missing out on any opportunities. Instead, O’Donnell worked throughout her pregnancy and covered the 2008 Democratic primary.

“I was on set all day and at midnight [I was told] Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann … were tired and wanted to go home. So then the pregnant lady stayed on until 2 in the morning,” O’Donnell laughed.


O’Donnell went on to say she felt it necessary to make sure she was on to cover the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver to overcome her “embarrassment” while at MSNBC.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.

Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

What a whiner! It's their problem she is pregnant? Please..

Side note : I want a Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann sandwich please and thank you.

norwgnwood
by Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM
How do you know?

Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.

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Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Please be Megan Kelly please oh please...

Quoting norwgnwood:

How do you know?

Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.


norwgnwood
by Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM
?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Please be Megan Kelly please oh please...

Quoting norwgnwood:

How do you know?



Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.


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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Are you saying you think this liberal female anchor is whining? You think Olbermann's and Matthew's treatment of her is reasonable?

I think it is outrageous no matter what her ideology is.

Your sandwich idea would sweep the nation. It would be tough and chewy, messy and unbearably stinging to the mouth, as well as having marshmallow cream running all through it. It would be served with lots of outrage, a good vocabulary, and a small chalkboard. And it would probably have a shelf life of about 1-2 years.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

What a whiner! It's their problem she is pregnant? Please..

Side note : I want a Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann sandwich please and thank you.



Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Yes the female anchor is whining. She knew the long hours involved with the job when she took it yes? If her pregnancy prevents her from performing her job then she needs a doctors note and may be excused. It's was her decision to get pregnant so the blame is on her. Should she get special privileges because she is pregnant? 

Oh the chalkboard! Yes we must add that to my fantasy. Thanks!

Quoting SallyMJ:

Are you saying you think this liberal female anchor is whining? You think Olbermann's and Matthew's treatment of her is reasonable?

I think it is outrageous no matter what her ideology is.

Your sandwich idea would sweep the nation. It would be tough and chewy, messy and unbearably stinging to the mouth, as well as having marshmallow cream running all through it. It would be served with lots of outrage, a good vocabulary, and a small chalkboard. And it would probably have a shelf life of about 1-2 years.



Quoting Pema_Jampa:

What a whiner! It's their problem she is pregnant? Please..

Side note : I want a Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann sandwich please and thank you.




Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

IDK, I never expected any special considerations from my employer (or the other employees) when I was PG- 

Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.



Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I am hoping that Sally is a Faux News insider ;-)

Quoting norwgnwood:

?

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Please be Megan Kelly please oh please...

Quoting norwgnwood:

How do you know?



Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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Has it ever happened at Fox? No.

Are the men at Fox News more chivalrous? - sorry if you hate that word. Yes.

Have I watched a lot of election coverage on FNC? Yes.

I think this situation is pretty much an outlier and should be an embarrassment to MSNBC.

The fact that this female anchor talked about it makes me think it was never addressed by the network. Not good.


Quoting norwgnwood:

How do you know?

Quoting SallyMJ:

Fascinating. Just as a comparison,  management at Fox News would never allow this kind of thing to happen.

I guess they care more about the rights of women, and specifically their female employees.



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